St. Theresa of Avila famously wrote that "Christ has no hands on Earth but yours." At the moment that Christ rose by His own power from this world to the right hand of the Father in Heaven, he commissioned the disciples to take up the sacramental work of the Church which would be Divinely established ten days later by the descent of the Holy Spirit on the feast of Pentecost.
Even as Jesus entrusts this work to the apostles, He does so with abundant reassurance that He will remain the head of the body. Even the choice of words evokes this truth. Christ tells them that His authority is not absolute and "therefore" (because of this fact), they are sent. And if that weren't enough, He adds that He is with them not merely until the end of their lives but to the "end of the age." Jesus evokes here an entirely new way of thinking about the work and ministry of His apostles and the Church that will be founded the Lord in ten days time. Rather than simply converting a few people and trying to obey his commands for a few months or years until Jesus elects to come back - they are ushering in a new age… What's more, their work is not merely within the realm of imitating Jesus! No, they are sent to foreign lands and nations. They are to convert all the nations… They do that by teaching and baptizing. And they will do all of this in the power of Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit… And Jesus will remain with them through the end of some undefined age… We're left to wonder if Jesus could've made things a little clearer.
And yet, if Jesus knew what He was doing - and He did - then wouldn't He have spoken exactly as He intended to? Wouldn't this be deliberately confusing? It would seem so.
Insights From Second Street
In today's feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, we are reminded that we, too, are called to rise with Jesus on the last day. In our very worldly world, people have become more and more obsessed with way and means of making this life better. We hear a constant stream of talk - even from well-meaning Christians - about improving the environment, the economy, the plight of the poor, the governmental injustices of the world… And each of us should realize that as masters of this created world (our birthright through Adam and Eve), we must make faithful and reasonable effort to care for it's natural resources, to further the Christian philosophies of governance and trade! We must give alms!
But, as Our Lord said, "the poor you will have with you always." That's by design - our lives as Christians are not about leaving our mark on the world! Our lives as Christians are not about making our communities, our country or our world a "better place." Rather, we are here to "work for our salvation." We do that by personal holiness and obedience and by acting upon that call to holiness by sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to our gifts and God's will… Basic Christian humility inoculates us against grandiose utopianism. It reminds us that God is God and that this world is crumbling. Whatever good we do is treasure in heaven to be sure, but in the eyes of this world, to quote Shakespeare, "the good we do is oft interred with our bones!"
The idea that I can or should change the world is a classic ploy of Satan. It's the second of his temptations of Jesus in the desert. We are not made or meant to change the world. God may use us to have a lasting impact… Pope St. John Paul II, St. Theresa of Calcutta, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine of Hippo… They changed the world - but not on purpose! They obeyed God and God used them. Each of us must look to their example and throw off the temptations of utopia. The poor we will have with us always, but our time until eternal judgement grows ever shorter.
by: Sem. Justin Ward
Prayer of petition and intercession are both asking for stuff. Petition usually means asking for things for yourself while intercession means praying on behalf of someone else. In our selfish little worlds, both forms of prayer tend to be quite the opposite of reaching out in love. In fact, we may often take the embarrassing attitude of a spoiled child wondering if God really cares about our needs. But that doesn’t mean that these forms of prayer are bad, or opposed to love. They just need to be approached correctly. At its heart, asking God for “stuff” is the recognition that He is the source of all goodness, and the loving Father who cares for his Family. Prayers of petition are an expression of trust. Trust is the foundation of any relationship. It is something that should always be strengthened and never neglected.
What about intercession? Again, intercession is the acknowledgment of God as the source of all goodness. But there is something even cooler going on with intercession. Some may ask the question why we pray, since prayer won’t change the mind of God. Why would we pray for someone’s healing? If He is going to heal that person as a sign of his love and power, is He not going to do it? It is true that praying for healing won’t change God’s mind. But it does show trust that God could do it if He wanted to. It may also be a good witness to the sick person who may be lacking trust to ask for themselves. This is a good line of thought. But it doesn’t quite go far enough. You see, we also believe (know) that not only is God the source of all goodness, but in His love for us he has invited us to participate in his divine life. That means He wants us to be part of his bestowing goodness on the world. So when we pray for others, we aren’t changing God's mind. We’re not manipulating him into granting our wish (by the way, that’s what paganism does). But we are participating in any blessing, grace or actual healing that he chooses to give to the person we’re praying for. God wants us to be part of the gift giving.
CDA BAKE SALE The Catholic Daughters of America will be hosting a Father’s Day Bake Sale Sat-Sun, 6/14-6/15, before & after all the Masses. Baked goods can be purchased with Cash or Checks.
SPECIAL SATURDAY MASSES FOR JUNE & JULY ONLY Beginning Sat., 6/7, and ending Sat., 7/26, Fr. Ryan will offer an additional Saturday evening Mass at St. Mary’s School at 5:30p. The Mass will count for your weekend obligation. All are welcome.
OUR CHILDREN DESERVE THE BEST If you know of anyone in this parish potentially harming children, call (318)445-1427 or visit DioceseAlex.org/Safe-Environment. Documentation, policies and procedures are available from the office or at the back tables in the Church. Periodic training seminars are also available, call the office for more information.
FIRST FRIDAY & FIRST SATURDAY The First Friday & Saturday of each month are kept in honor of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. Adoration on First Friday begins after morning Mass and continues until Benediction at 5:15p. Sign-up at the back of the Church if you can watch with the Lord for an hour. First Saturday Mass and Benediction are at the usual time, 8a.
OCTOBER 20-29, 2014 PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY You are invited to join Fr. Ryan Humphries, Fr. Chris Decker, and the Magnificat Travel Group for a 10-day pilgrimage to Italy. Our pilgrims will travel through Assisi (Umbria), Florence (Tuscany), Orvietto, Rome, and the Vatican City. Trip highlights will include the Tomb of St. Francis, the Miracle of the Eucharist, the Colosseum, the Pantheon, the Roman Forum, the Catacombs, the Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, and the Tomb of Pope Saint John Paul II. We have reached our goal and have 43 pilgrims registered, but we can always make room for more. The deadline to register is Friday, August 1, 2014. For more information, contact Magnificat Travel Group at (337)291-1933 or firstname.lastname@example.org -Or- contact Ashley Hebert at (318)352-3422 or email@example.com.
- Mon-Sat, 6/8-6/14, Ember Week
- Sun, 6/15, Father’s Day, Blessing of Fathers at Weekend Masses
- Sun, 6/22, Corpus Christi Sunday, Procession following the 11a Mass
- Sun, 6/29, Basilican Feast Day: Ss. Peter & Paul, Holy Mass @ 9a, 11a & 5p
Our Sunday Collection last week was $7,180.
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Within the Sanctuary
Sat 5/31 4p Levi Thompson, (Lector) • Kathleen Hicks, Elaine Bacon, (EMHC-CH) • Red & Jo Lapeyrouse, (EMHC-CI) • J.Friedel, D.Bennett, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/1 9a Michael King, (Lector) • Edward & Cindy Smith, (EMHC-CH) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • M.&P.Vienne, B.Behrendsen, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/1 11a Ed Giering, (Lector) • Jean Gill, Cecilia Cook, (EMHC-CH) • Patsy Melder, (EMHC-CI) • S.&V.Maggio, C.Fisher, (Altar Boys)
Sat 6/7 4p Mike Bouchie, (Lector) • Jimmy Gunter, Carl Henry, (EMHC-CI) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/8 9a Joe Cunningham, Sr., (Lector) • Emelda Odom, (EMHC-CI) • A.&C.Lirette, S.&T.Lirette, (Altar Boys)
Sun 6/8 11a Joe Payne Williams, (Lector) • Lucile Ingram, (EMHC-CI) • A.&J.Parker, W.Lee, (Altar Boys)
*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
- Sat 4p: Red & Sadie Thomas & Johnnie Mallory
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Sue Morgan & Shirley Ragland
- Sun 5p: Ronnie Simpson Williams
- Mon 6:30a: Janell de Vargas
- Tue 6:30a: Deceased Members of Ray & Gwen Ponthieux Families
- Wed 6:30a: Calvert Scott
- Thu 6:30a: Mary Jean Thomas
- Fri 6:30a: Ray Parker
- Sat 8a: Len Dalton
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that the unemployed may receive support and find the work they need to live in dignity. And that, Europe may rediscover its Christian roots through the witness of believers.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Adolf Sklar, Jr., Nathan Ezernack & Mrs. Johnnie Mallory
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, Lauren Bienvenu, Bill Boone, Kathy Bostick, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Carolyn Carter, Lauren Clancey, Emilia Cofio, Woody Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, Angela Eversall, Marguerite Felchle, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Sophie Gill, Irma Harper, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, EvaGrace Keyser, Mary Keyser, Paul Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Martha LaCaze, Jheanny Ladao, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Dominick Lucus, Lisa Mack, Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Effie Patrick, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Tristan Snyder, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Billie Vercher, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Tyler Ward, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, Glen & Mary Williams, & Chris Winder